Italian Cheese Bread

Italian Cheese Bread

Homemade Italian bread topped with herbs, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese

Yield: 

12 slices

Ingredients: 

Bread:

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (can use instant)
1 cup warm water (120*F)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Topping:

1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing*
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Dash peper
1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions: 

1. In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients.

2. Combine water and oil; add to flour mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

3. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. (Optional: if in a hurry, just skip this rise.)

4. Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16" pizza pan and pat into a 16" circle. Brush with salad dressing (I use the back of a spoon).

5. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle with cheeses.

6. For a fluffier cheese bread (our preference), at this point, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you're in a hurry, just skip this rise. (The bread will rise while it bakes, too.)

7. Pre-heat the oven to 450*F. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown. See additional notes for baking tips!

8. Slice into 12 slices. Serve warm.

Italian Cheese Bread... so delicious!!

 

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Additional Notes: 

*Ranch dressing can be substituted for Italian dressing if you want a little different taste or need to make a substitute.

This recipe was submitted by guest chef Lindsey Sorgard!

Baking tips for this cheesy bread:

If using a thinner or darker (like non-stick) pan, bake on top rack in oven. This will allow the top to get browned at the same rate that the crust gets browned!

If using a thicker/heavier and lighter colored (metal) pan, bake on bottom rack of oven, to ensure that the crust fully bakes.

If the crust is getting dark but the top isn't browned, move the pan to the top shelf for the final few minutes.

This cheesy bread is a fabulous! Once I figured out exactly which rack to bake this on for my oven/pans, I got it down to a science -- 11 minutes at 450*F on the top rack, every time -- it's perfect!

Preparation Time: 

25 minutes + 20 minutes rising time

Cooking Time: 

15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This stuff is THE BEST. Easy. Yummy. Affordable (when you buy the flour in 50-pound bags and the cheese in 5-pound bags at Costco, yay!). We love it and have served it to soooo many people who all love it too!

Comments

This bread is delicious warm. Usually we wait about 10 minutes after it is out of the oven before cutting it.

Rating: 
5

This is a great recipe! The bread is soft and SO tasty -- I think I might try making pizza with the crust recipe. We used double the mozzarella cheese. The toppings were great! It's almost like eating Pizza Hut breadsticks or a white pizza. If you love breads, you'll love this recipe!

This recipe was also surprisingly easy and quick! Much easier than I expected. :D

The only thing I think I'll do differently next time, is bake at a lower temperature. The top of mine got a little too browned before the dough was really completely cooked. It wasn't burnt, just slightly darker than I would have preferred. Edited to add: Now, I do bake it at the temperature recommended in the recipe, but I leave it in the pan in the oven with the oven door cracked for a few extra minutes so it's not too browned. It gets fully cooked that way, and is delicious!! Edited again!! -- It seems that my oven bakes this best when it's made on a thin cookie sheet with holes in the bottom. I also make sure I bake it on the bottom or middle shelf position, and not at the top, to ensure that the crust and top are both finished cooking at the same time.

Also, I used 3 cups of flour instead of 2.

Really good recipe -- definitely going into our recipe box as a new favorite!!

Rating: 
5

This is great! I made it more than once the first week I tried it, if that tells you anything! One of my brothers, who hates bread, even liked it. It's soft and tasty! Another one of my brothers said, "This tastes like something you'd get from Pizza Hut!"

This recipe is fast and easy!

Rating: 
5

I tried this last night and the dough never rose. I think maybe my yeast is getting old. Anyway, despite that, it was still good. My hubby was very impressed. I tried it with the ranch dressing because thats what I had.

Update: Last night I used this dough for pizzas. I doubled it and made two. I didn't spread the dough out on the pizza pan as much, and they turned out sort of deep dish style. Very good-still having issues with riseing though.

Rating: 
5

I made this to go with supper last night and it was wonderful! The bread was light and fluffy and tasted wonderful. My husband ate at least half of the pan! I was hoping to have leftovers for my daughter's snack this morning but there were none (there are only three of us!) I will make this again and often.

Rating: 
5

This bread is superb! WE all love it and my brothers keep asking for it! It is our new favorite bread to have with our dinner.

Rating: 
5

This turned out well. I wished I had cooked it a little longer since the outside pieces were much better than the middle. Can't wait to make again!

Rating: 
5

This bread is delicious--whole family loved it. It might need a bit more seasoning for flavor...and maybe I need to try adding more cheese on top--that's what I'll do next time!

Rating: 
4

I made this last night to go with the 3-Cheese Baked Spaghetti dish that we tried from here. It got rave reviews from my family. I used homemade Italian dressing. The other thing I did was to get the dough mixed and kneaded and left it to rise much longer than called for because I had to run an errand. I knew when I got home I'd need to hurry to get dinner on the table. The good news is it worked out great. Thank you so much for this great recipe

Rating: 
5

I will be making this again and again and again and again!!!

Rating: 
5

This is a wonderful bread. It's very original and very delicious. My whole family loved it.

Rating: 
5

This is an all time favorite in our house. People dig in as soon as it has cooled enough to cut and eat - never mind that it is not supper time yet.

We love this recipe and make it lots!

(I use a bit more cheese though!)

Rating: 
5

Tammy made this for me when we came to visit her last week. Im still dreaming about how wonderful they tasted and my plan is to make this for tonights dinner!

Rating: 
5

I've made this twice and both times everyone loved it!

The first time I made it, I made it just like the recipe said (well, I did use more cheese :D), but I didn't put it right in the oven, so it rose a little and was kinda thick.

The second time I made it, I made a double batch and spread it on a cookie sheet. I topped and baked as directed. But when I cut it, I cut it in half, horizontially and then in smaller pieces to make breadsticks to serve with spaghetti. They were a lot quicker then the breadsticks I usually make!

Rating: 
5

Lee wanted me to leave off the Italian dressing so I did, and they were delicious! And almost a meal in themselves! I do hope to try it with the Italian dressing sometime but it is hard to imagine that they could be improved on :)!

Rating: 
5

Whenever we have spaghetti this bread is a must as far as my husband and children are concerned. I love that it goes together quickly and tastes SO GOOD.

Rating: 
5

I agree with everyone that this is great! I am thinking about trying to make a smaller version as there's only 2 of us (and the little one) and it's best when it's fresh from the oven. Leftovers do get eaten, though! :>)

Rating: 
5

This would have to be the best cheesy bread recipe I've come across so far. I've tried to make my own but usually end up disappointed. This one is REALLY good though! My fiance loved it too :) (I didn't have a pizza pan so I used the bottom part of a springform pan)

Rating: 
5

WOW! This is excellent! The prep is so simple. No more canned breadsticks for us. Breadsticks are one of the things I have missed in take out since we have been making our own pizza from this site. This is quick too. Thank you Tammy for another great recipe. DeDe

Rating: 
5

I use this as our pizza crust. Its probably the best crust we have ever had. I oil the pan and bake it at 450 and it comes out just like Pizza Hut.

Rating: 
5

My daughter made this the other day for lunch. We were preparing to go to the park for a picnic and I asked her to make some bread, preferably this Italian cheese bread (which I'd been longing to try every since I saw the recipe). She said she was making bread, but didn't tell me what kind. I never saw what she'd made until we got to the park. Inside a 14" skillet was this huge pan of cheese-topped bread. She'd quadrupled the recipe, but didn't roll out four pizza pans' worth of dough. All the dough went into the bottom of the skillet, which she baked in the oven. It rose beautifully and tasted wonderful. All the kids raved about it. Now, sometime we'll try it in the flat version :-).

Rating: 
5

This will be a regular recipe in our house. I was surprised that it turned out so fluffy. I'm making it again next week for guests. Then I'm going to try it as a pizza crust.

Rating: 
5

I also used 3 cups of flour and a 16 inch pizza pan with holes in the bottom. I've always had a problem getting dough to stretch and not tear when forming it to the pan. But I had no problem at all with this recipe! :-D I look forward to trying this dough as pizza dough next time. Thanks! :-)

Rating: 
5

I made this with Spinach Lasagna for dinner tonight. And, it turned out perfect... even if the electricity went out three times while it was cooking. It actually spent over 20 minutes in the oven.

Rating: 
5

My husband couldn't stop giving compliments on this bread! He said he almost prefers it to pizza, and I know I'll be making this again! On a side note, I did find this recipe, with slightly different measurements on the seasonings in my Taste of Home Award winning recipe book. I think your version is slightly better though!

Rating: 
5

My guys liked this. I used part white and part whole wheat since we are used to that. This would work well for a thin pizza, too. I want to try the Ranch style dressing on it. Bet that will be good.

Rating: 
5

I made this bread for lunch and it was a hit! It's so yummy! Even my mom loved this dish. :)

Rating: 
5

Oh.My!
I made this to go with our supper tonight, & it was a big hit. It was really really good! I know it's not Italian, but it went really well with smoothered chicken & green beans. :)
My pizza pan isn't 16 inches, more like 13 inches, but it still worked really well!
Thanks again for a great recipe!

Rating: 
5

simply delicious, and easy too.

Rating: 
5

This is SOOO much better than the stuff you get at pizza places. We love it!

Rating: 
5

I made this tonight for dinner and everyone loved it, when i was making the dough it was a little messy and the bottom of the bread burned a little since i did not grease the pan. But this was the first time i made bread and it came out pretty good. Thanks for the recipie tammy(:

Rating: 
5

I don't have any italian dressing on hand so I was wondering if I could use pesto on it with olives? and the rest of ingredients you have mentioned?

Rating: 
5

I just love this recipe, I make it all the time and it's always enjoyed. It's may favorite dough to make pizza with too. Since I started making this (almost a year now) we have not ordered a single pizza. So good. Thanks Tammy!

Rating: 
5

This bread is so delicious! My family absoloutely loved it! Its very easy and takes little time to make! Thank you Tammy for sharing!

Rating: 
5

I've made this twice now and it has became a favourite meal to make and bring to the lake. :) This time I made it with Ranch dressing and all prefer it over the Italian salad dressing. Delicious and the crust is the best crust I've made!!

Rating: 
5

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